Former 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris is facing up to nine years in prison on charges that he beat up his ex-boyfriend outside a Menlo Park restaurant last summer during an argument over soy sauce and underpants, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Harris appeared in court for a pretrial hearing on charges of felony domestic violence and assault causing great bodily injury in connection with the Aug. 21 incident at Su Hong restaurant.
The former first-round draft pick’s ex-lover, Dimitri Geier, also is suing Harris, claiming he had to undergo facial surgery after the massive lineman punched him.
Harris’ attorney claims the incident was self-defense.
Geier’s lawsuit claims that about 3 p.m. Aug. 21, the former live-in couple met for a bite despite recently having broken up. After the meal, the 30-year-old Harris planned to drive Geier to the airport.
But, the lawsuit said, those plans fell through when Harris became angry at Geier for pouring soy sauce on their plate of rice. An argument about the soy sauce lasted seven minutes, the complaint said, and caused Harris to storm out of the restaurant.
Soon after, Harris returned and told Geier to find his own ride to the airport. Geier claims he agreed to call a cab and wanted to fetch his belongings from Harris’ vehicle.
While leaving the restaurant, Harris allegedly “began to push” Geier. Harris also tried to pull down Geier’s pants because he reportedly thought his ex had stolen his underwear.
Geier said the 6-foot-7 Harris eventually grabbed him by the shirt, shook him violently, and punched him multiple times in the arms and face. Harris then reportedly chucked Geier’s stuff out of his car and drove off.
Geier said he had a cab drive him to O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. Besides suffering a broken eye socket, he needed to have a metal plate inserted into his face.
Harris was later arrested at his home.
Harris was drafted 26th overall in the 2003 NFL draft and played with the 49ers until 2007. He also played for the Raiders and Stanford University.